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EOS appoints EMEA chief to be new CEO

EOS appoints EMEA chief to be new CEO

Electronic Optic Systems has announced its president of EMEA, Dr Andreas Schwer, will become the business’ new chief executive.

It comes a week after EOS’ founder, Dr Ben Greene, unexpectedly announced he was to resign after 36 years in charge. Greene, however, will remain at the company and move into another role as head of innovation.

Throughout his career in the defence, manufacturing, and space industries, Dr Schwer has held a number of senior positions, including roles at Rheinmetall AG, US global equipment manufacturer Manitowoc Company, Airbus and the European Space Agency.

The incoming CEO is also a board member and recently retired non-executive chairman of the ASX-listed company Titomic.


The leadership transition comes as EOS finalises the outcome of its strategic review, with Dr Schwer tasked with helping “reset” the company.

“Dr Schwer’s commercial acumen, experience across the defence and space sectors, and extensive international experience ideally position him to lead the company as we seek to improve our go-to-market capability across Asia, Europe and the US,” said Peter Leahy AC, chair of EOS.

“The board believes he has the right combination of experience, capabilities and attributes to lead EOS as we prioritise growth in our defence and space businesses.”

Dr Schwer will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Canberra.


The announcement last week that Dr Greene would retire caught many in the industry by surprise and led to EOS' share price dipping. 

Leahy said then that Greene's engineering capabilities were “world-leading and visionary” and praised his “tireless efforts over many years”.

“His initial designs for remote weapon stations and space situational awareness capabilities set a global standard in the defence and space technology sectors.” 



Liam McAneny

Liam McAneny

Liam McAneny is a journalist who has written and edited for his University International Relations journal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong in 2021. He joined Momentum Media in 2022 and currently writes for SpaceConnect and Australian Aviation. Liam has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations as well as astronomy.

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